BA (Hons), Licence ès lettres, MSc.(Econ), MA, Ph.D.
Brad K. Blitz. received his Ph.D. in International Development and Education from Stanford University. In April 2013 he took up the post of Deputy Dean and Professor of International Politics in the Middlesex University Law School. Brad has extensive experience of international education as both a student and academic programme leader. During the course of his education, he studied in Belgium, France, Russia, the USA and United Kingdom. He later directed an international Masters programme with partners in Jamaica, Mexico, and the USA and has written about education exchanges in the context of European integration.
A former Jean Monnet Chair in Political Geography at Oxford Brookes University and Research Associate in the Department of International Development, University of Oxford, he is widely regarded as a leading expert on post conflict integration, statelessness, migration, development and human rights. He has acted as an advisor and consultant to UNDP, UNICEF, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the World Bank, OSCE, Council of Europe, DFID, and the Russian and Albanian governments and has appeared as an expert witness advising UK and Australian courts, on over 20 occasions. In 2008 the former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, and a panel of experts, selected his research as one of 12 projects which would guide and support the legacy of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Recent publications include Statelessness in the European Union: Displaced, Undocumented and Unwanted, Cambridge University Press, 2011; and Statelessness and Citizenship: A Comparative Study on the Benefits of Nationality, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2011. In 2011, he completed a US State Department funded project 'Measuring the Costs of Statelessness', a livelihoods study of 980 stateless and formerly stateless households in Bangladesh, Kenya, Slovenia, and Sri Lanka, which will be published by Edward Elgar Publishing in 2014. He also contributed to UNDP's Asia-Pacific Human Development Report and is the author of Migration and Freedom: Mobility, Citizenship, Exclusion, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014.
He is the author of over 40 academic articles and has also published in The Economist, Guardian, International Herald Tribune, New York Times, Oregonian, Times, Times Higher Education Supplement, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, World Today.
English, French; some German and Russian
Migration and refugee studies, development studies, human rights, comparative and international politics, human geography.
Key areas of research interest: statelessness, nationality and citizenship; forced migration; post-conflict development; skilled migration; political transition.
Doctoral students welcome in the areas of nationality rights and citizenship studies, forced migration, skilled migration, development studies and human rights, political transition.
Plan International, Multi-Country Research Investigating the Benefits of Birth Registration, £89,254 awarded to Kingston University, October 2012 (Principal Investigator).
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) – 'Climate Change, Location Security and Migration' a study for the Asia-Pacific Global Development Report on Climate Change. SSA/2010/185. US$12,000 awarded to consultant, November 2010.
United States Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration – 'Measuring the Costs of Statelessness: A Livelihoods Analysis in Four Countries'. US$180,000 awarded to Kingston University, July 2010 (Principal Investigator).
UNICEF, 'Children Affected by Migration' a study for UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia, June 2010. US$19,000 awarded to consultant, June 2010.
Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 'Statelessness and the Benefits of Citizenship – A Comparative Study' CHF 23,000 Awarded to Oxford Brookes University, October 2008 (Principal Investigator).
Leverhulme Trust, 'Responding to Systemic Human Rights Violations: an Analysis of 'Pilot Judgments' of the European Court of Human Rights and their impact within National Systems', £65,433 awarded to London Metropolitan University (Lead), July 2008.
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva, 'Study on Minorities and the Denial or Deprivation of Citizenship' for the UN Independent Expert on Minority Issues', US$10,000 awarded to consultant, August 2007.
European Commission -- Jean Monnet Chair awarded for five years for teaching in the areas of Migration and European Integration, €45,000 awarded to Oxford Brookes University, August 2007.
Plan International, Contract awarded to 'Develop web-based resources on Universal Birth Registration and Related Efforts to Reduce Statelessness', £11,637 awarded to Oxford Brookes University, July 2007 (Principal Investigator).
Rothschild Foundation Europe and Ford Foundation, 'Statelessness, Racism and Civic Exclusion: a Study of four European Countries', £65,559 awarded to Oxford Brookes University, August 2006 (Principal Investigator).
Council of Europe - European Committee for The Prevention of Torture,Strasbourg, 'Expert review on the Prevention of Torture in Albania, Georgia and Moldova', €55,000 awarded to London Metropolitan University (Lead), May 2006.
Higher Education Funding Council, 'Promising Researcher Award', £9,000 awarded to Roehampton University, June 2004.
Office of Manpower Economics, four year framework contract, £150,000 approx. awarded to Roehampton University, May 2004 (Applicant and Co-Investigator).
World Bank and Albanian Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, IDA Credit No. 35130, two year contract awarded to British Council (with Roehampton University), US $1.6 million, (US $160,000 awarded to Roehampton University), February 2004.
Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe Mission to Serbia and Montenegro, 'Human Rights Audit of Serbia and Montenegro, €13,000 awarded to London Metropolitan University (Lead), December 2003.
Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and C-SAP, 'Bridging the Gap in International Studies: Curriculum Development and Student Participation in Refugee Studies', £5000 awarded October 2003 (Principal Investigator).
World Bank and Albanian Ministry of Justice, Twinning Project with the University of Tirana, IDA Credit No. 33270; US $300,000 awarded to Middlesex University (with IALS, EFC Ltd, University of North London), October 2002 (Principal Applicant).
Home Office and International Organisation for Migration, 'A Preliminary Exploration of Afghan Nationals in the UK; their professional capacity and views on return', £14,000 awarded to Middlesex University, April 2002 (Applicant and Co-Investigator).
2012 – Project Director, 'the Benefits of Birth Registration', Plan Internationa
2010 – 11 Advisory Group, UNHCR & Asylum Aid – 'Mapping Statelessness in the UK'.
2010 – 11 Project Director, United States Department of State, Project 'Measuring the Costs of Statelessness' (Award No. PRM-SGP-10-CA-04192010).
2010 – 12 Consultant, Asia-Pacific Global Development Report on Climate Change, United Nations Development Programme, Bangkok.
2010 – 11 Consultant, 'Children Affected by Migration', UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia, Kathmandu.
2009 – School Consultative Group, North London International School.
2007 – 08 Advisor to the UN Independent Expert on Minorities and Consultant to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva.
2007 – Director, International Observatory on Statelessness (www.nationalityforall.org)
2007 – Trustee, Development Evaluation Research Associates, (Reg. Charity No. 1126008).
2007 – Associate, Human Rights and Social Justice Research Institute, London Metropolitan University.
2006 – 07 Consultant, Council of Europe, Committee for the Prevention of Torture.
2006 – External Assessor, MSc. Forced Migration, University of Oxford
2006 – 08 Project Director, Ford Foundation and Rothschild Foundation Europe, 'Statelessness, Racism and Civic Exclusion' (Contract No. 074/06)
2004 – 05 Visiting Fellow, Department of International Development, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford.
2003 – 05 Consultant, Albanian Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
2002 – 04 Project Director, World Bank - University of Tirana Twinning Project, Albania (IDA Credit No. 33270).
2003 – 04 Consultant, Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Mission to Serbia & Montenegro
2003 – 05 External Assessor, Big Lottery Fund (formerly Community Fund).